Ref. Number: 1080

Country: Indonesia

Material: Wood

Dimension: 20 x 15 cm

Wayang Topeng Mask

Wayang Topeng Mask

Javanese or Balinese Masks are known as wayang topeng or wayang gedog. The word “gedog” comes from “kedok”, which, like “topeng” means “mask”; “Wayang” means theater.

The repertoire allocates priority to the story of prince Panji, an incarnation of Kamajaya (god of love), from the kingdom of Jenggala and his search for the princess Sekar Taji, also know as Jandra Kirana or Candra Kirana. an incarnation of Dewi Ratih (goddess of love), from the kingdom of Kederi.

As well as providing entertainment, wayang teaches the meaning and purpose, as well as the contradictions and anomalies, of life.

Although classical Javanese language (kawi) is most often used, it is spoken in a less stylised form than in wayang orang. Troupes on Java consist of male dancers; female roles are taken by boys aged between eight and 14, before their voice changes. Each region of Java and Bali features a different style of topeng masks, costumes and dance.

Originally, wayang wong was performed only as an aristocratic entertainment in four palaces of Yogyakarta and Surakarta.

The makers of wayang topeng remain anonymous as they do not have any intention to bring about any act of personal creativity, but to serve the community.

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